The Public Interest

Who are the working poor?

Bradley R. Schiller

Spring 1994

THE CLINTON administration has decried the plight of tile “working poor” and vowed to create a “worker security” program that will keep every working American out of poverty. As the administration views the job market, it sees 6 million Americans toiling away at jobs yet unable to lift their families out of poverty. To end this perceived overlap between work and poverty, the Clinton administration has developed a broad range of worker security proposals, including a substantial increase in the minimum wage, more education and job-training services, a sizable increase in the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), mandates for more employer-paid fringe benefits, and the continuation of well, re benefits to recipients who become employed.

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